2010 Volkswagen New BeetleChange Vehicle
Key Specs of the 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
New Beetle base trim shown
Combined MPG:24 Combined MPG
Engine:150-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
Transmission:6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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- Visual appeal, especially of convertible
- Ride comfort
- Steering response
- Resale value
- Backseat space
- Cargo space in convertible
- Once innovative design now somewhat dated
- Retro styling
- Manual or automatic
- Coupe or convertible
Volkswagen's New Beetle is a classic love-it-or-hate-it car. Even though the model has been on the road virtually unchanged for 12 years, people still have strong opinions about the retro-styled Bug. During my week driving a convertible Beetle, some called it "cute" and others laughed and pointed because a dash-mounted flower holder still comes standard. The Beetle hasn't aged gracefully in its 12-year lifetime, which shows mostly on the inside. In its time on the road, compelling alternatives have appeared, including the Mini Cooper convertible and Volkswagen's own Eos retractable-hardtop convertible.
Most small convertibles are sports cars, often with two seats, but the Beetle is a compact ragtop that isn't sporty. Compared with the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2009 Cooper convertible, this four-seater rides smoothly — the compact equivalent of your grandparents' Ford Crown Victoria.
Those who find the styling charming and reminiscent of the original Beetle may not be turned off by the Beetle's shortcomings. I, on the other hand, didn't find the driving experience satisfying or interior contemporary enough to justify the price tag on this drop-top.
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Our view: 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
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Our view: 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
Volkswagen's New Beetle is a classic love-it-or-hate-it car. Even though the model... Read more
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Great choice for inexpensive style and fun!
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Clean, great running, and nice handling vehicle.
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